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Decentralisation and Poverty in Developing Countries: Exploring the Impact

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  • Johannes P. Jütting
  • Céline Kauffmann
  • Ida McDonnell
  • Holger Osterrieder
  • Nicolas Pinaud
  • Lucia Wegner

Decentralisation has been advocated by donors and development agencies as an important factor broadening citizen participation and improving local governance, thereby promoting poverty reduction from the bottom up. On the basis of a comprehensive review of 19 country case studies documented in the literature, this paper questions this assumption. La décentralisation a été recommandée par les pays donateurs et les agences de développement comme un facteur important d’incitation à une plus large participation des citoyens et à une meilleure gouvernance locale, facilitant ainsi la réduction de la pauvreté en partant de la base. Ce document de travail reconsidère cette hypothèse, en passant en revue 19 études de cas par pays disponibles dans la documentation.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Development Centre Working Papers with number 236.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2004
Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:236-en
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